New Year’s Eve and Welcome 2022!

By December 31, 2021 Music

Here is a listing of area live music and online music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, December 31 through Thursday, January 6.

New Year’s Eve has arrived, and numerous live music events around the region will help to usher in New Year 2022. Browse the listing below to see who is playing where. You may want to check ahead to make sure the scheduled shows are still happening, as several events have been cancelled due to COVID-19 or other illness-related issues. (As of this posting, none of the listed events here have been cancelled.)

This New Year’s Eve also marks the return of First Night in State College, with several indoor live music events and other activities planned. Due to local regulations, masks that cover your nose and mouth are required for all indoor events. A First Night Button is required for all performances; donation for a button is $10. Events listed for First Fest were still scheduled to take place as of the time of this posting (a few events had been cancelled due to COVID and other issues.)



(Listings in chronological order by event start time)




First Night, State College (First Night Button required for performances, donation $10. Masks that cover your nose and mouth will be required at all indoor events, in accordance with local regulations.):

– Sanctuary, State College Presbyterian Church: 2 p.m. – Altoona Brass Collective, 6 p.m. – Kristi Jean & Her Ne’er Do Wells, 10 p.m. – Jon Rounds & Bruce Truitt

– St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: 2:30 p.m. – Rick Hirsch 5, 4:30 p.m. – Hops and Vines, 8 p.m. – Natascha & the Spy Boys, 10 p.m. – The Gill Street Band

– Arcade, Schlow Centre Region Library: 3:30 p.m. – “Mr. Music,” Lenny Tepsich,

– St. Andrews Episcopal Church: 3:30 p.m. – Jay Vonada Quartet, 5 p.m. – Toot-in-Common, 6:30 p.m. – The JANO Duo, 8:30 p.m. – Tussey Mountain Moonshiners

– University Baptist & Brethren Church: 7 p.m. – Below Centre, 8:30 p.m. – Fraser Street Saxtet, 10 p.m. – Andy Tolins & Richard Sleigh

Devin Sherman (3 p.m.) and Rue Moyer (7 p.m., sold out) at Bella Terra Vineyards, Bedford

Derek Heidel at Mount Union VFW, Mount Union (starts 5 p.m.)

George Byich at Balance Restaurant (Mission Inn), Johnstown (starts 5 p.m.)

Cottonmouth at Hookies Fire Company, Tyrone (start time unknown)

Coltt Winter Lepley at Olde Bedford Brewing Co., Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Flashpoint at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Eric Delozier at Spring Dam Brewing Co., Roaring Spring (starts 8 p.m.)

Miss Melanie and Kristi Jean and Her Ne’er Do Wells at Pine Grove Hall, Pine Grove Mills (starts 8 p.m.)

Freedom Rocks at Trixie’s Pub, Johnstown (starts 8 p.m.)

Toad & Friends at Eureka 42 Citizens Club, Windber (starts 8 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Anchor & Arrow at Doggie’s Pub, State College (starts 8:30 p.m.)

From The Top at Beaverdale American Legion, Beaverdale (starts 8:30 p.m.)

The Pennsoulvanians New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Jack Squat at the Concordia Society, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Buster Krow at Bellwood UVHA, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

Washington Slept Here at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort (starts 9 p.m.)

Backlash at Huntingdon American Legion, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)

The Roof and Felix & the Hurricanes at Happy Valley Brewing Co., State College (starts 9 p.m.)

Chris Bell Band and Tightrope (Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute) at Millheim Hotel, Millheim (starts 9 p.m.)

The Rattlers at Gallitzin American Legion (Oriental Ballroom), Gallitzin (starts 9 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

100 Proof at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

The Desperadoes at Southmont Gardens, Johnstown (starts 9 p.m.)

Rust at Windber Slovak Club, Windber (starts 9 p.m.)

Johnny Thrash at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)

White Shadow at New UVA Club, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The Keystone Keys/Dueling Pianos at Altoona Grand Hotel (Grand Ballroom), Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Stacy & the Rejects with the Lee Miller Experience at The Grove, Strongstown (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The Boomers at Conemaugh PNA, Conemaugh (Johnstown) (starts 9:30 p.m.)

DD & the Pub Crawlers at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Katz 22 at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 10 p.m.)

Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s at Phyrst, State College (starts 10 p.m.)

The Tom Katz at Turner Hall, Johnstown (starts 10 p.m.)

Silver Screen at Minersville PNA, Johnstown (starts 10 p.m.)

The Stingers at Dunlo Slovak Club, Dunlo (starts 10 p.m.)




(no shows announced)




Jae Smith at Bella Terra Vineyards, Bedford (starts 2 p.m.)

The Band OZ at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Ted & Molly at American Ale House, State College (starts 8 p.m.)




(no shows announced)



ONLINE: Brother Jack’s Happy Hour Live Stream (Facebook, starts 4 p.m.)




Jam Night at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Jam Night with The Frick Brothers at The Break Room, Twin Rocks (starts 7 p.m.)

Jam Night at Dively’s Tavern, Johnstown (starts 9 p.m.)




“Local Mic Night” with Rue Moyer at Spring Dam Brewing Co., Roaring Spring (starts 6 p.m.)

Victor & the Icons at American Ale House, State College (starts 7:30 p.m.)

ONLINE: Bob Helbig Live Stream (Facebook, starts 7 p.m.)


([i][b]NOTE:[/b] More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.[/i])

To report additional shows or corrections to this listing, email information to Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.